In conjunction with our recent Brainstorm event, we’ve been collecting some recent stories about brain science, creativity, and the arts.
On Radiolab, for example, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich recently investigated the muse - that inside/outside part of us that controls the creative spark. With insights from Oliver Sacks and Elizabeth Gilbert, Radiolab explores how various people consciously control their creativity - almost as if it’s a separate being!
Meanwhile, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran recently published The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human. Dr. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, devotes two chapters to how art—and aesthetics—can be explained by neuroscience. Is art merely a function of brain chemistry? Listen to an interview and read an excerpt from Ramachandran’s book here.
And over at Watching Dance, they’re researching the effect that dance has on the consciousness of the spectator. Neat stuff!
This all sparked our interest because of the folks from Wayne McGregor|Random Dance bringing their R-Research team to Montclair… but more on that soon!